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Top 10 toys under $25 this holiday season

Affordable toys for value shoppers
Affordable toys for value shoppers © Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Times may not be as bad as they were at the outset of the recent recession, but parents' pockets still aren't jingling all the way to buy an overpriced toy, and toymakers are taking notice.

With U.S. consumers watching their budgets, toymakers are adjusting by offering a plethora of toys for less than $25 for gift-givers who want value for their bucks, says Chris Byrne, content director for TimetoPlayMag.com.

"Today's consumers are really value-conscious," says Byrne. "Technology is allowing toy manufacturers to deliver a strong play experience for a lot less money."

While high-priced toys will always be available, the highly competitive nature of the holiday toy season means manufacturers will be delivering loads of toys for under $25, giving parents plenty to choose from.

"The average toy in the U.S. costs about $10," says Byrne. "Parents are willing to spend a lot of money for high perceived value, but they're not spending that much on basic toys."

Here are 10 toys fit for your holiday budget.

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